Worksite wellness programs are a proven strategy to prevent the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease. These risk factors include smoking, overweight, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
Heart disease costs the nation an estimated $304.6 billion annually. An estimated 25–30 percent of companies’ annual medical costs are spent on employees with excess health risk defined in large part by their risk for cardiovascular disease. Employees also pay the price — with higher contributions to insurance, higher co-pays and deductibles, reduction or elimination of coverage, and trade-offs of insurance benefits against wage or salary increases.
With more than 130 million Americans employed across the United States, prevention activities have the potential to reach a large audience.